These paper lollipop sticks and sucker sticks are strong and manufactured to extremely close tolerances to ensure consistent length & diameter, thereby providing the highest level of productivity and minimal waste. Candy adheres to the paper stick more readily. Plastic sticks normally must be notched or serrated so the candy doesn't fall off. They are safer in the hands of children or if chewed. They are odor & taste free, have no sharp edges or serrated surfaces and will not break or splinter.